Pentax Q7 Review

Review posted 10/04/2013

Quick Take
  • Lots of manual controls
  • Many filters and color effects
  • Quick dial on front is convenient
  • Pop-up flash reduces red eye
  • Three custom user settings
  • Bright 3-inch LCD
  • Records full 1080p video
  • Small, lightweight magnesium-allow body
  • Can use K-mount lenses with adapter
  • Small sensor
  • Noise is significant at high ISO settings
  • Auto mode tends to select high ISO settings
  • Focus is fixed at first shot in burst mode
  • Images lack fine detail
  • Video quality is middle of the road
  • Price is high
Bottom Line
The little Q7 offers a lot of attractive features and manual controls, but it performs more like a point-and-shoot than a serious prosumer camera. Mediocre image quality, high digital noise and sluggish auto focus make the Q7 hard to recommend for the price. If you only take simple snapshots and must have a very small interchangeable lens camera, the Q7 won't cramp your style. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
In the early summer of 2013, Pentax expanded its commitment to the compact Q-mount Camera System by announcing the brand new Q7. Available now through Pentax's Color to Order™ system, you can configure your personal Q7 with 120 different color combinations.

Features include a 12.4 megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor, their Q-mount interchangeable lens system, Full 1080p HD Video Recording, 5 frames per second High-Speed Burst Shooting, an ISO sensitivity up to ISO 12800, 19 Smart Effects and Filters, and a 3.0-inch LCD monitor. All of that in a camera weighing only 7 ounces!

Pentax Q7 Features
  • Available in 120 color combinations
    • Via Pentax Color to Order™
  • 12.4MP 1/1.7-inch back-illuminated CMOS image sensor
  • Pentax Q-Mount Lens System
  • Q ENGINE image processor
  • Included 5-15mm f/2.8-4.5 Zoom Lens
  • 3.0" 460k-dot LCD with AR Coating
  • Full 1080p HD/H.264 Video Recording
  • 5 fps Burst Shooting and 1/2000s Shutter
  • ISO Sensitivities up to 12800
  • In-Camera Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction
  • Micro HDMI Port
  • Built-in Flash
  • 19 Smart Effects and Filters
  • Compatible with Eye-Fi SD cards
  • Weighs just 7 ounces
Pentax's Q7 is available now with a $499.95 MSRP with the kit 02 zoom lens. Click on our Buy button to see the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • Pentax Q7 camera body
  • 02 Zoom lens
  • USB Cable I-USB7
  • Battery Charger D-BC68P
  • Strap O-ST131
  • Hot Shoe Cover FK
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery D-LI68
  • AC Plug Cord D-CO2U
  • Software CD ROM S-SW133
  • Body Mount Cover Q

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